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32 The PCB Design Magazine • July 2014 PCB007 News Highlights Multiline Restructures Business; Sharpens Focus Multiline Technology has restructured its business to improve consistency and dependability while deliv- ering custom equipment and spare parts. in the last few years, the company's business has changed to comprise predominately multiple camera, very tight tolerance, and large format post etch punches. NCAB Expands U.S. Presence, Acquires M-Wave One of the world's largest suppliers of PCBs, nCAB group, has acquired 100% of M-Wave international llC's PCB Division. Bob Duke, former president of M-Wave's PCB Division, commented, "Being select- ed by nCAB to be a part of their u.s. team is a great compliment. As the PCB supply market continues to evolve, i felt this was an excellent time for M-Wave to expand its resources." Matrix Opens New "Value-added" California Warehouse Branch Manager Jim Alves reports that the new warehouse is now in full operation. With the on- going success of Panasonic high-speed laminates, Jinzhou Carbide Tools, and Agfa specialty products, the company is committed to expanding its services and presence in this region. Technology Convergence Critical for PCB Fabrication The PCB industry is showing signs of life, which in- dicates that the pendulum is swinging in a more positive direction economically, but we're not quite ready to uncork the champagne. A June 2013 report by research & Markets forecast that the global PCB fabrication industry alone will reach about $94 bil- lion in 2017, with a compounded annual growth rate (CAgr) of 8.1% during this period. Multilayer Technology Nets 2014 Best of Irving Award various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 irving Award Program focuses on qual- ity, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the irving Award Program and data provided by third parties. North American PCB Industry growth Still Slow "With year-to-date growth rates improving but still negative, and a book-to-bill ratio just barely in posi- tive territory for the second month, the north Ameri- can PCB industry appears to be moving very slowly toward a modest recovery this year," said sharon starr, iPC's director of market research. "The negative month-to-month growth rates in April reflect normal seasonal patterns." IPC PCQRR Database Allows PCB Fabricator Comparison The iPC Printed Board Process Capability, Quality, and relative reliability (PCQrr) Database was developed by iPC and Conductor Analysis Technologies inc. in 2001 for designers, purchasers, assemblers, and manufacturers of PCBs. it gives board buyers a way to compare board fabricators, and fabricators a way to compare their processes to the industry at large. Invotec Strengthens Euro Team with New Appointments invotec group is delighted to announce the appoint- ment of Thomas Witt and Monika Braun as sales agent and sales assistant for germany. Witt joins the company with extensive experience as a sales ac- count manager, primarily within the high-reliability PCB sector, whilst Braun has a strong customer ser- vice background in the PCB industry with a particular focus on quick turnaround orders. Candor Highlights Cutting-edge PCB Manufacturing Candor President yogen Patel remarks, "We're ex- tremely excited over the success we've had achiev- ing these high-end, technical builds. With the speed at which the industry changes these days, Candor wants to be ahead of the pack, at the forefront of technology. FPCB Report: Mektron Suffers First Loss The world's largest FPCB company, Mektron, suf- fered its first loss since its establishment, due to three main reasons: hDD and ODD markets contract- ed; the company began to intervene in the price war; and the company's 45% output came from China where rMB appreciation and rising labor costs eroded profits. 32 The PCB Design Magazine • July 2014

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